SMIF Offers Paint Grant for Community Mural Projects

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) will be accepting applications for free paint for a community mural or community welcome sign project. This "Paint The Town" grant is administered by SMIF in collaboration with 13 local Ace Hardware stores. SMIF is generously donating the award of 15-100 gallons of paint per organization, valued around $25 per gallon. This grant is designed to engage volunteers and build collaborative efforts that beautify communities through "Painting The Town" with a new community mural or community welcome sign.

Through this grant program, IRS-designated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and units/agencies of local, state, and federal government in southern Minnesota can apply to receive paint products. This is a competitive grant, as only 10 small communities with a population under 10,000 will be awarded paint through this program.

"We appreciate and value our partnership with these 13 local Ace Hardware stores through our Paint The Town program," said Tim Penny, SMIF President and CEO. "We're excited to be able to offer this new opportunity to small communities in our 20-county region".

All applications will be due June 15, 2015, and the grant awards will be officially announced on July 1, 2015. For applications and guidelines, visit For more information, contact Jennifer Heien at 507-455-3215 or

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